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New Release Barolo of the South, Benchmark Super-Tuscan Pair, the Prince's Fairytale Whites

March 20, 2013
A Note from Sergio

 

As much as it has been about wine, IWM has also always been about people, both the people who make the wine and the people who drink it. The wines we're featuring today illustrate the primacy of people, especially those gifted, giving, driven, sometimes somewhat insane people who make the beautiful wine we love so much.

 

Antonio Mastroberardino single-handedly brought back the indigenous Aglianico from the brink of extinction; his ability to create a world-class mono-varietal wine from that dark grape cemented his legacy (now carried on by sons Piero and Carlo) and brought the wines of Campania to the world's attention. Piero Antinori saw what his cousin Mario Incisa della Rocchetta had done with Sassicaia (and the help of his own consulting enologist, Giacomo Tachis), and he created his own deeply Italian spin on the Super Tuscan. And Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi (also a relative of the Antinori family) saw fit to preserve the legacy of his fabled wines by ripping up the vineyard where he made them, all the better to keep the Fiorano line pure.

 

Today, I'm thrilled to present the two latest releases of Mastroberardino's Taurasi Radici, the 2006 Riserva and the 2007 normale bottling. These wines have often been called the "Barolo of the South," and these vintages embody that moniker, its dizzying complexity and its stunning age-worthiness. I'm also delighted to offer a pair of extraordinary Antinori Super-Tuscan wines from 1988, a vintage that will go down in history. And finally, I'm proud to present a list of wines from Prince Ludovisi's estate, Fiorano. Being entrusted with a collection of Fiorano has long been one of my most humbling and proudest moments.

 

These are all wines from visionary men and visionary estates, and a fierce sense of purpose binds them. Share a glass with a person you care about, and toast to the people who made them.

 

 

Today's Featured Sections Include: 

 

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debut of Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici

2. Time Sensitive Offer: 1988 Tignanello and Solaia

3. Our Experts Suggest: Wines that Wow, Today and Tomorrow

4. Only at IWM: Fiorano's Fabled Ageless Whites

5. Wine Events: The Best of Italy: Cult Campania to the Dried Grapes of Amarone

 
My Best, 

  

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder  

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Fiorano No. 25 Bianco 1993 750ml
Fiorano No. 25 Bianco 1993 750ml
Price: $124.00

The wines of the late Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi created a phenomenon for their ability to age. However, to ensure that his legacy would not be misrepresented, Ludovisi destroyed his vineyards, passing his private cellar to Italian food and wine critic Luigi Veronelli and entrusting him to find individuals who could keep his vision alive. This mission continues today, as the vintage wines have been left to Sergio by the late Veronelli.
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1992 750ml
Price: $124.00

A gorgeous amber in the glass, this ’92 Fiorano Bianco layers its rich stone and tropical fruits with citrus zest, crushed river rocks, butterscotch, fresh-cut herbs and honey, all conveyed in a luscious, viscous body that’s nonetheless vibrant. While this complex wine displays slight oxidation, it thrums with acidity, giving it a rare balance of maturity and freshness. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1993
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1993 750ml
Price: $124.00

Offering an intense, full bouquet spiked with white flowers, candied fruit, stone fruits, spice and earthiness, this ’93 is a concentrated, complex expression that envelops the palate with a rich texture and an indescribable palate of spiced fruits and minerals. Deep golden yellow, this ‘93 Fiorano Bianco shows youthfulness even with decades of age. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, offers a unique expression of its vintage, terroir, and even its aging barrel. This is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offer a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Racy and nervy, the No. 32 Bianco frames its succulent and dried orchard and stone fruits with potpourri, smoky minerals, and a “cidery” quality that’s reminiscent of Gravner’s amphora-aged amber wines. Textured and piquant, this ’95 Fiorano Bianco fills the mouth with a chewy tannin-like feel, making it a rare white that drinks very much like a red. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 44 Bianco 1994
Fiorano No. 44 Bianco 1994 750ml
Price: $124.00

The wines of the late Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi created a phenomenon for their ability to age. However, to ensure that his legacy would not be misrepresented, Ludovisi destroyed his vineyards, passing his private cellar to Italian food and wine critic Luigi Veronelli and entrusting him to find individuals who could keep his vision alive. This mission continues today, as the vintage wines have been left to Sergio by the late Veronelli.
Fiorano No. 45 Bianco 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 45 Bianco 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Deep bright golden yellow, this Fiorano Bianco shows youthfulness even with decades of age. Offering an intense, full bouquet spiked with white flowers, candied fruit, stewed and fresh stone fruits, spice and earthiness, this ’95 Bianco is concentrated and complex. It envelops the mouth with a rich texture and an indescribable palate of spiced fruits and minerals. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, offers a unique expression of its vintage and its individual aging barrel; this is a rare, unusual white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 47 Bianco 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 47 Bianco 1992 750ml
Price: $124.00

A deep golden yellow, this ’92 Bianco bursts with aromas of white flowers, candied fruit, pear, spice and earthiness. On the palate, the flavors of spiced apples, pears and minerals are concentrated and complex, and the wine caresses the mouth with a rich texture, building to a long, balanced and harmonious finish. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite nearly three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1994 750ml
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1994 750ml
Price: $124.00

This ‘94 Fiorano shows a golden yellow hue and offers a nose full of melon and honey tones followed by caramel mixed with apricots and kumquat. Airing the glass gives you baked green apples and slight tropical notes. The soft, creamy palate shimmers with a slight tangy acidic minerality and lingering sherry-like notes of almonds on a nice, soft, long, mineral-inflected finish. Compelling flavors and a bouquet that is endlessly intriguing make these vintage Sémillons true treats for the serious aficionado, and this organically grown wine will likely remind connoisseurs of drinking aged Bordeaux Blanc. The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.
Fiorano No. 22 Semillon 1993 750ml
Fiorano No. 22 Semillon 1993 750ml
Price: $149.00

Honeyed orchard and stone fruits are drizzled with honeycomb, dusted with spice, sprinkled with herbs and kissed with citrus in this bright, rich, and racy ’93 Sémillon. Remarkably weighty, this wine is also fresh with acidity, which keeps it nimble and light as it crosses the palate and builds to a powerful crescendo. Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative but mineral side of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. Unlike most other vintage whites, this Semillon benefits from aeration, offering a wild, thrilling ride as it unfolds over hours, even days--paradoxically, it's wine that takes on younger characteristics with age.